A whistleblower from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is accused senior officials of manipulating evidence gathered on the site of an alleged incident on chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma in April 2018.
The official, a senior researcher gathering specimens at the scene, is the second to conceal proof with the OPCW’s Douma team. His evidence poses fresh questions about the argument that a chemical attack was carried out in Douma by the Syrian government, which contributed to US-France-UK airstrikes — and with-it new fears that the regulator of the world’s chemical weapons is being undermined politically.
They address the reports of the whistleblower with the award-winning MIT Professor Emeritus Theodore Postol, whose research studies have also raised questions about the Syrian government’s accusations of chemical weapons attacks. Earlier, one of his research was at the center of academic controversy, because we also spoke about during this interview.
Guest: Theodore Postol, MIT’s award-winning science, technology and national security policy analyst.
The current whistleblower is an official with the Chemical Weapons Prohibition Organization, or OPCW, the same as the first whistleblower. This guy, a senior scientist, had been on the ground when the OPCW investigated reports that in April 2018 tens of people were killed by the Syrian regime in Douma City. This claim caused three sites in Syria to be bombed one week later by the United States, France, and Britain. The OPCW later blamed the Syrian government, giving the cover of the U.S.-led attack.
But a representative of the OPCW team leaked a secret technology analysis earlier this year that questioned the findings of the OPCW. The leaked report described the “manually positioned” gas cylinders at the Douma site, indicating that the incident was staged.